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Frozen Shoulder Diagnosis Test

Developing frozen shoulder results in shoulder joint pain and a loss in the normal range of motion. Shoulder pain varies as the condition worsens, moving from the freezing stage to the frozen stage. 

Our self-diagnosis test is designed to allow anyone across Canada the ability to evaluate their range of motion. The test takes a few minutes. You need to answer several questions and watch a few how-to videos in order to replicate the motions demonstrated.

Simply click the NEXT button below and get started on your self-diagnosis right away! Once you have completed the test, click “Submit” and a member of our staff will email you the results and explanations. You will also receive a free frozen shoulder ebook

Our clinic representative will contact you to answer any questions, such as how to successfully diagnose frozen shoulder at all stages, what the MCD procedure is, and whether or not you should see a physical therapist.  

But remember: This condition can last for years, so the sooner you use our self-diagnosis test, the sooner you can confirm whether or not you have frozen shoulder. 

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How is a Frozen Shoulder Diagnosed?

To diagnose frozen shoulder, you need to carry out a process of elimination. When a doctor or physical therapist conducts the exams, they test active and passive ranges of motion to see how the shoulder joint capsule responds.  

We review various factors including:

  • Internal and External Rotation
  • Lateral Abduction
  • Pain Response

Evaluating shoulder movement in these tests allows us to rule out potential causes, such as a rotator cuff or other damage to the joint capsule.


Frozen shoulder, also called adhesive capsulitis, is a condition where shoulder mobility is restricted, resulting in pain and a functional disability.

The shoulder is made up of three bones that form a ball-and-socket joint:

  • Humerus (upper arm bone)
  • Scapula (shoulder blade)
  • Clavicle (collarbone)

When you develop frozen shoulder, the capsule surrounding the joint contracts and the body forms bands of scar tissue called adhesions. Range of motion may also be restricted because of soft sacs sticking together and cushioning the joint. The shoulder joint will become stiff and cause severe pain.

When frozen shoulder occurs, people cannot raise their arm laterally above a line parallel to the ground and past 90 degrees without also elevating their entire shoulder girdle. The restrictive range of motion makes the completion of everyday tasks difficult and sometimes impossible. 

Putting on a shirt, washing hair, or placing hands on the hips become painful and dreaded actions. People can also suffer from sleep deprivation because the pain is excruciating while they try to sleep.

frozen shoulder syndrome diagram

How to Diagnose Frozen Shoulder

There are several ways to evaluate the active and passive range of motion in the shoulder joint that allows you to save yourself the trip to a physical therapy clinic. You can assess your condition based on your body’ responses to certain movements, which are:

True Arm Raise
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I Surrender test​
young woman performing I surrender frozen shoulder self diagnosis test with frozen shoulder clinic doctor​
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Hand Behind the back test​
young woman performing the hand behind the back self diagnosis test for frozen shoulder with help from doctor
You have frozen shoulder if:

If any of the above describes your situation, it’s highly recommended that you seek a physical exam and medical advice to begin the right corrective treatment. The World Frozen SHoulder Clinic in Toronto, Ontario can offer you a cure.


frozen shoulder syndrome

Without taking the self-diagnosis test and getting expert treatment, most shoulder conditions only get worse over time. There is a better way to deal with frozen shoulder than relying on anti-inflammatory medication for years. Over 60% of people who develop frozen shoulder syndrome never fully recover because they don’t seek out medical attention. 

The World Frozen Shoulder offers the Manual Capsular Dissection (MCD) Procedure (MCD) that was developed by Dr. Oolo-Austin. We’re not exaggerating when we say it’s the best treatment option available in the world. It’s the best because it’s non-invasive, takes about an hour, and cures the condition rather than manages it. Our Toronto clinic is open and ready to help you move on with your life.

Similarities With Other Shoulder Problems

There are other potential shoulder problems that appear similar in outward appearance to adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder), but with different causes and treatment options.

Shoulder impingement syndrome is a catch-all phrase that describes a variety of shoulder issues, including rotator cuff damage. This syndrome has similarities to frozen shoulder syndrome, but it is not the same thing. 

Shoulder impingement occurs when the tendons and soft tissue in and around the shoulder joint become trapped, irritated or torn, which results in pain and a loss of range of motion.  

A shoulder impingement test can take several forms, but they all involve a physical exam where a physical therapist tests the various ranges of motion in the shoulder and the patient’s response. Imaging tests, such as x-rays or MRIs, are often used in conjunction with physical therapy to confirm findings.

If left untreated, shoulder impingement can lead to adhesive capsulitis.

what causes frozen shoulder
frozen shoulder vs bursitis

Other Potential Precursors

Shoulder pain can be a manifestation of several different conditions, any of which could potentially contribute to the development of frozen shoulder syndrome, including:

The adhesive capsulitis type of frozen shoulder, where the entire shoulder joint becomes surrounded with heavy adhesions which totally restrict movement and cause excruciating pain, often develops after the onset of one of the aforementioned conditions.

Seek Treatment for a Full Recovery

Without expert treatment, most shoulder conditions only get worse over time. If you experience shoulder pain and restrictions in the active or passive range of motion, you should seek medical advice to find the right kind of corrective physical therapy. 

Many people rely on over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication for relief for years, without ever fully resolving the issue. And while over 60% of people who develop frozen shoulder syndrome never fully recover, they can if they receive the right kind of expert curative treatment and physical therapy. 

With the passage of time, the degenerative arthritic changes that occur when a joint capsule stops moving properly can lead to permanent shoulder damage. But the pain and range of motion issues associated with frozen shoulder does not have to be a permanent condition!

After shoulder pain treatment from World Frozen Shoulder Clinic
After treatment Woman Frozen shoulder

The World Frozen Shoulder Clinic can Help

The Manual Capsular Dissection (MCD) Procedure for adhesive capsulitis / frozen shoulder, developed by Dr. Oolo-Austin, is the best treatment option available in the world.

Although an experienced physical therapist can help manage pain and may mitigate some frozen shoulder symptoms, the novel neurological muscle pain treatments created by Dr. Oolo-Austin (better known to many as “Dr. O”) are the fastest and most effective way to treat adhesive capsulitis / frozen shoulder syndrome.

Dr. O - A Global Authority on Frozen Shoulder

Dr. O’s specialized procedures and treatments are based on the principles of “neuroplasticity”. This treatment system causes an instantaneous and sustainable change in the way the brain communicates with the muscles to increase strength and movement with balancing of muscle pull dynamics. 

He specializes in adhesive capsulitis / frozen shoulder and shoulder impingement conditions and has successfully treated thousands of shoulder conditions over the course of his 40-year career.

People with frozen shoulder and other shoulder conditions, travel internationally from around the globe for treatment at one of his World Frozen Shoulder Clinics, located in Canada, Estonia and New Zealand.

Dr. Allan Gary Oolo-Austin

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